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The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)

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Jimmie Blacksmith, the son of an Aboriginal mother and a white father, falls victim to much racist abuse after marrying a white woman, and goes on a killing spree and finds himself on the run in the aftermath.

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Fred Schepisi

Writers:

Fred Schepisi (screenplay), Thomas Keneally (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lewis ... Jimmie Blacksmith
Freddy Reynolds Freddy Reynolds ... Mort Blacksmith
Ray Barrett ... Farrell
Jack Thompson ... Rev. Neville
Angela Punch McGregor Angela Punch McGregor ... Gilda Marshall (as Angela Punch)
Steve Dodd Steve Dodd ... Tabidgi (as Steve Dodds)
Peter Carroll ... McCready
Ruth Cracknell Ruth Cracknell ... Mrs. Heather Newby
Don Crosby Don Crosby ... Jack Newby
Elizabeth Alexander ... Petra Graf
Peter Sumner ... Dowie Steed
Tim Robertson ... Healey
Ray Meagher ... Dud Edmonds
Brian Anderson Brian Anderson ... Hyberry
Jane Harders Jane Harders ... Mrs. Healey
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The true story of a part aboriginal man who finds the pressure of adapting to white culture intolerable, and as a result snaps in a violent and horrific manner. Written by <tgard@genauto.com>

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This film was the first of three consecutive Australian films selected in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. The second was My Brilliant Career (1979) whilst the third was Breaker Morant (1980). See more »

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McCready: You can't say we haven't given you anything. We've introduced you to alcohol, religion.
Jimmie Blacksmith: Religion.
McCready: Influenza, measles, syphilis. School.
Jimmie Blacksmith: School.
McCready: A whole host of improvements.
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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Politically driven film with few positive elements
20 February 2005 | by davidgoesboatingSee all my reviews

If you're the sort of person who enjoys being depressed, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith is the film for you. A short summary of the film is as follows. Young half aboriginal/half white boy is raised by a white Christian family. As he goes off to find a job, he discovers that every white person in the world is actually a racist. He tries to get over this fact by trying to lose his 'black soul', and become more like a white man. He is constantly cheated and laughed at by his white employers. Of course there is only one thing a decent person can possibly do when faced with this. He goes and chops up a couple of women and young girls with an axe. Sound fun so far? Well it gets better anyway, but I won't give away the whole plot in case you actually want to watch the movie. Of course one might say, but isn't the message important? Well, no. It is true that Aborigines were generally considered inferior at the time, and that there was some racism going on. But this film ruthlessly exaggerates it to prove a point, which appears to be that white society is a corrupter of black people. Leaving aside the negative storyline and the political point-scoring, however, the acting is fairly decent, and score is alright too. Apart from that, don't bother watching this.


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Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1978 (Australia) See more »

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Budget:

AUD1,280,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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